Miami Dolphins 2019 NFL Draft Review

When looking to see how the Dolphins did in this draft you have to factor in the trade that netted them new quarterback Josh Rosen for their second round pick. With all of that they added three sure fire starters that includes a potential franchise quarterback. But after that there is some upside but the late round picks are likely role players at best. The Miami Dolphins 2019 NFL Draft Review takes a look at each of their picks

1st Round, Pick #13: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson

Miami never did anything to replace Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips when they moved on leaving only late round picks to struggle. The Dolphins did a lot here to fix the problem adding the versatile Wilkins. New head coach Brian Flores comes from New England where they love players that can fill different roles. Whether you need him to be a two gap run defender one game or a one gap penetrater the next Wilkins can fill a variety of different roles and do it well.

3rd Round, Pick #78: Michael Deiter G Wisconsin

It seems like guard has been a need for a long time but the Dolphins finally addressed the need early rather than trying to patch it together with late round picks. Deiter has the foot quickness to slide with tackles but enough power to be able to get some push in the run game. He should be able to beat out incumbent Issac Asiata for the left guard position pretty early.

5th Round, Pick #151: Andrew Van Ginkel OLB Wisconsin

Van Grinkel played an outside rush linebacker in the Badgers 3-4 defense but he’ll have to move off the ball to strong side linebacker. If Brian Flores keeps with the Patriots style defense that we’ve seen lately they could use Van Ginkel in the Kyle Van Noy type role as an early down run defender who can be used to blitz on occasion.

6th Round, Pick #202: Isaiah Prince OT Ohio State

An All Big 10 First Teamer Prince has good size (6’7) and length (35 1/2″) which he uses to get some movement in the run game, but has troubles in pass protection with getting depth. Because they never replaced Ju’Wuan James who left in free agency Prince will be able to compete against Zach Sterup for the starting right tackle position.

7th Round, Pick #233: Chandler Cox FB Auburn

Without a fullback on the roster the Dolphins drafted Cox who was the only fullback taken in the draft. Cox is a good lead blocker with some receiving ability, but Alec Ingold was a much better prospect. Maybe the Dolphins thought they had too many Wisconsin players already.

7th Round, Pick #234: Myles Gaskin RB Washington

With Chad O’Shea likely bring the New England style offense to the Dolphins it’s no surprise that they are adding more backs as the Patriots liked to use the committee approach with different backs for different roles. Gaskin has explosive quickness to make defenders miss while fitting in a complimentary role.

Overall Grade: B+

Best Pick: Christian Wilkins

Biggest Upside: Myles Gaskin

Biggest Reach: Andrew Van Ginkel

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